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Riverside Cemetery

53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
+1 828 350 2066
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Ranked #19 of 81 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and... more » Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. « less
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely grounds, an interested (and interesting!) caretaker, historical markers - really terrific. We visit cemeteries in a lot of towns - this is a good one.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A map of the graveyard is available at the ground taker's house. A lot of history for a small graveyard.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have several family members including distant cousin and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe buried there and it's a very nice cemetery to walk around. The poet O Henry is buried there as well and people have left change on his grave side from time to time.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a nice, serene place to walk. Hilly with many large, old, trees. It's well cared for. Author O'Henry and other historical figures are buried here. Conveniently located near Historical Montford, near downtown Asheville, NC.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It felt weird to "rate" a cemetary! However, if you love history, go here and plan to take some time to read the head stones and wander the grounds. It's a beautiful spot.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This old cemetery has some notable residents and unique gravestones. It is located on a knoll or ridge with some fairly steep sides. It is an Asheville landmark near downtown. R

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Homewood, Alabama
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19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful cemetery and took a few minutes to look at the more famous residents. Was unable to locate the graves of my great grandmother & grandfather or great aunt, not the fault of the cemetery. Would suggest putting a sign on Munford Ave to help people navigate their way to the cemetery.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Historical and picturesque, Riverside Cemetery is the place where a lot of locals come to ponder life and our connection to the past. Riverside is as much a park for the living as it is a rest for the dead. It is beautifully laid out with towering oaks, gorgeous mausoleums, statuary, gardens, ornate headstones, and meandering paths. This place is... More

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ATL, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A beautiful, shady cemetery in Asheville. The graves of O.Henry and Thomas Wolfe are here, as well as thousands of others. The scenery is beautiful. Take a few hours to check it out, walk the hillsides and enjoy.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Burial place of O'henry and Thomas Wolfe, impressive gravesites of WWI veterans including some German graves.

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